Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting aroma with lemon and pine notes. Pours a clear amber, with a white head. This is a complex beer... thereís notes from the rye, a lingering bitterness from the hops, all gently wrapped in lemon. Slick on the palate, with a full mouthfeel. I will be getting more of this before it disappears into the past.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from AJs Arcadia. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a soapy off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of caramel, pine, herbs, and lemon. Taste is sweet and bitter with plenty of herbal and lemony notes. A bit of spice as well. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. The vegetal/herbal character of this beer is just overpowering. Still a good beer, but not great for my tastes.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from BevMo. Nose - citrus, herbs, Somewhat Spiced up front. Reminds me of another Stone brew. The rye is pretty noticable. Little hints of citrus and almost a rosemary type of flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.
dogfish120love (944) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, but vibrant orange with a thick off white lacing. Tropical and citrus notes, with a noticeable amount of alcohol present. Somewhat spicy with hints of lemon that are blended in such a way that they accentuate the hop profiles. Bitter in flavor and medium in body
scooter520 (185) - - AUG 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber golden clear with big frothy head. Aroma of tangerine, biscuit, grassy, spicy rye, only think I'm picking up lemon because of description. Tastes of caramel, some fruity hops but not much, spicy rye kick, and just a bit of noticeable lemon on the end. Medium carbonation with slick mouthfeel. Overall I don't really like this that much. The flavors are just too mashed up and don't really balance well for me.
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eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: golden, hazy, less then a finger of head, some alcohol legs
Aroma: Lemon, floral, citrus
Taste: Lemon, citrus hops and fruits, sweet maltyness, slight bitterness
Overall: Enjoyable if you like lemon flavors. As it warms the lemon juice flavors enhanced a little. Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be. Citurs fruits are nice and big. Has a nice sweet malty mouthfeel. Didnít get the 10% barely at all. Very enjoyable.
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super fresh citrus and fruity hops come out on the aroma. Perfect see through copper in color with a small foam. Flavors of herbs, lemon, spices and bittering hops. Medium bodied with a subtle alcohol finish. Overall, this is a well-done and complex brew. Lots of unique spice and herb flavors with some earthy hops and warm alcohol. Iíd give this an A rating.
CheersMate (1310) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Frothy head that recedes rather quickly. It has a hazy orange apperance. It looks good, thus far. Lots of citrus, on the nose. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit immediately jump out, and hit my olfactories. The lemon does cut through, surprisingly. The rye is noticeable right away, and leaves a lasting impression on the taste buds. The lemon then, subtly kicks in, and couples well with the long lingering bitterness. The rye is becoming more noticeable in the aroma, and adding an additional nuance, that I canít necessarily say is good. Stone has a tendency to bit a bit over-the-top with their IPAs, which is fine. The rye is a bit much for me, and it seems to be becoming more and more dominant, and not leaving much for the lemon to kick in. Plus, the rye and lemon just donít go well together. Much more tame than their Ruination 10th Anniversary cleaning fluid.
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this up at Whole Foods. Holds a nice head while Iím drinking this. Big aromas of pine and lemons. Makes me think of walking thru pine forest with lemon trees. Tons of grass and pine with lemon drops complemented by a well balanced honeyed malt flavor. The combo of flavors follow into the finish, with some spicyness and burn. A Chirstmas tree came to mind while drinking. ( is that strange ).
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, dated 8/8/12 (this fresh?! on the east coast?! awesome!), from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, pale gold capped by a thin, smooth, bright white head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is outstanding, actually quite unique for a Stone brew, with heavy floral/perfume esters, pine resin, and tropical notes of tangerine and pineapple backed by spicy rye, fresh lemon zest, and honeysuckle with a touch of toasted, glazed donuts as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful, exactly what i expected following the aroma, with juicy, sweet tropical notes of mango, tangerine, and pineapple backed by a hefty dose of bitter hops, pine esters, and fresh lemon peel with subtle notes of rye toast, honey, and fresh herbs on the back end. as it opened up, this actually reminded of an obnoxiously dry-hopped version of Saison du Buff which is certainly a good thing in my book. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and the lemon zest adds a nice tart, citrusy balance to the huge, bitter, and tropical hop notes. overall, another over-the-top and wonderfully unique anniversary beer from stone. cheers to 16 years!